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Cecil Sharpe

Captain Cecil Sharpe and son Stephen Sharpe (NZ4210006) taken in Wellington when they were at 169 Moxham Avenue on leave in 1943. - This image may be subject to copyright

Captain Cecil Sharpe and son Stephen Sharpe (NZ4210006) taken in Wellington when they were at 169 Mo …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Cecil AWMM
  • Surname
    Sharpe AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 November 1892 AWMM KurowOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM SS Whangape AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Heart attack AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Cecil Sharpe was brought up near Oamaru. His father, Francis George Sharpe (d. 4.6.1917) was a shepherd/farm manager in the district. His mother, Florence Sharpe, (d.1952), was the organist at the church in Kurow. He and his brother Gerald (Barney) joined the Government Training Ship Amokura and served on it for two years.

    Captain Sharpe served as an officer on various Union Steam Ship Company ships, including Tahiti which carrried troops from New Zealand to the United Kingdom in 1917-18; Manuka which sailed from Wellington to Sydney and Mokoia which sailed to the United States in 1920. He was the Chief Officer on Union Company passenger ships to Canada and the USA from 1927 to 1933.

    In 1933 he got his Master's ticket and commanded a number of ships including the Waipiata, Kaiwarra NZ (on the phosphate carrying trip from Nauru), Wahine, Monowai and Makura. He was made wharf superintendent, Wellington in 1947 and when he died on 7 September 1953 all the company flags both on ships and on shore flew at half mast.

    Father of Stephen Sharpe (NZ 4210006)

    His funeral service was held in All Sainst Anglican Church, Hataitai.

    A copy of the souvenir edition of The Wireless News HMS Tahiti 1927 has been donated to the Museum Library Archives. It was the Chief Officer's own copy.Call no: G550 WIR AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    7 September 1953 AWMM
    Age 61 AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM Lot 58, Path D AWMM
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  • Obituary
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    Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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